A friend told me about this great iPhone App – Sleep Cycle. You place your iPhone by your pillow and it documents your sleep pattern. Being an engineer, I was particularly enamoured by the fact that it even makes a nice little graph of the results.
I was keen to see if I have any interesting sleep patterns – since I seem to have a lot of trouble sleeping. Probably it’s the stress of my day job, or the fact that my dear husband snores loud enough to rattle the windows, or the fact that we share the bed with a half-dozen cats and dogs, or perhaps because I will soon be a junior -senior and old people don’t sleep well, right?
But I’ve had this problem since I was a single, petless, jobless, young adult – either I cannot get to sleep or I wake up early and cannot get back to sleep. I gave up coffee more than 25 years ago, I never drink tea after 12 noon – yet I still have trouble getting a good night’s sleep. Lately, I’ve also been having trouble waking up – even if I sleep right through the night – I’m like a zombie in the morning. It takes me hours to wake up fully.
So I’ve been trying this little App and I’ve discovered a few interesting things…
First of all, I’ve got to stop drinking water before bed – since I am up between 2 and 4 am every night to get rid of it, and it’s not always easy to get back to sleep. Second, it seems I am often just getting into my deep sleep when the alarm goes off in the morning. No wonder I feel like a zombie! This software will actually try and wake you up when you are sleeping more lightly – but it seems the half hour window it lets you choose is not quite long enough for me.
Hey – maybe this is all fiction. I’ve been reading the reviews of this App and some people are saying that the graphs are fake – that they get a graph even when they leave their iPhone on a table overnight. So tonight, I am going to test that hypothesis out – who knows? Maybe I can get a journal paper out of this little research project! 😉